Natural sunlight adds life and light to a room, but you can definitely get too much of a good thing.
In the past, the only way to block the heat of the sun was with heavy curtains or shutters.
Now you can preserve the sleek and modern appearance of your windows with an instant ability to block out the heat of the sun.
Keep reading to learn about self-tinting window film and how it can help you save money.
What Is Self Tinting Window Film?
Self-tinting windows use a thin film of electrochromic material to adjust their opacity. You can control them from your phone, a wall panel, or set them up to dim automatically as the outside brightness increases.
In the past, you needed to purchase specially made windows for this effect. Now though you can have the film applied to pretty much any existing windows. This lets you save money renovating your existing home or office space without replacing the windows themselves.
They provide a lot of benefits in both home and work settings. Open floor plan offices often use them to close off small sections of glass offices for private meetings. In the home, they’re used in bathrooms and other areas where instant-on privacy is desirable.
How Self Tinting Film Works
This window technology uses small electrical charges applied to a prepared layer of material. This allows seemingly crystal clear glass to turn almost completely opaque at the touch of a button.
In order for a self-tinting system to work, you need the film itself plus all the electrical hookups and control systems. There are IoT’s versions that can be controlled via an app from wherever you are in the world. If you forgot to turn on your privacy shades before leaving the house it’s easy to activate.
Current generations of sun blocking window film work using grid power but there are new developments on the horizon. A team from Princeton University has developed a type of smart window glass powered entirely by sunlight.
Benefits Of Window Film
There are numerous benefits to this technology other than the obvious cool factor. Natural sunlight is one of the biggest sources of outside heat for large buildings.
Self-tinting windows, especially ones that allow different degrees of opaqueness, are a great way to reduce this heat gain. You can set them to adjust automatically to the outside light. This allows you to reduce your cooling bills in the summer while still benefiting from natural heating in the winter.
This kind of window film is very popular for privacy reasons as well. It allows businesses to set up bright and open offices that still allow sensitive meetings to be carried out in private. For home installations, you can instantly add privacy to your bathroom, kitchen, or living room windows.
Save Money and Live Better
Self-tinting window film can greatly reduce your monthly cooling bills. It also allows you to instantly cut off the outside world when you just want privacy.
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of heat control window film, contact us for a free estimate.